Sunday, August 16, 2020
Comedy Watch: Stir Crazy (1980)
Viewing: I'm calling it a first
Director: Sidney Poitier
I think I saw this in part on HBO when I was a kid, but I don't remember anything but a few glimpses. It's a Richard Pryor/ Gene Wilder comedy, and for whatever reason these were just never much on my radar.
I think what really struck me was not just how well Wilder and Pryor's sensibilities mesh, but that with Poitier as director, this movie has a certain POV that I'm not sure another, whiter director would have given it.
Crazy casting in this movie. JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Barry Corbin, Joel Brooks, Jonathan Banks...
Anyway, it was a lot of fun! Glad to catch it at long last.